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Sony RDP-XF100iP iPod/iPhone Dock review

Sony RDP-XF100iP iPod Speaker - Portable Songstress

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8.5
Performance:
7.5
Features:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Very portable
Easy to use, competent remote control
Good clarity
THE BAD
Light sounding
Subdued bass response


Test Setup

Test Setup

Traditionally, we tested speakers over four categories - CD, MP3, movies and games. But seeing that the Sony RDP-XF100iP was designed predominantly for use with iPod and iPhone devices, we decided to test its performance using our CD and MP3 testing material. Basically, we want to look out for the RDP-XF100iP's musical sensibilities. Hence, we’ll be playing a variety of different tracks to see how the speakers would perform across different genres such as acoustic, jazz, orchestral and trance.

Of course, different people have different musical and sonic tastes. Some are bassheads while others are treble freaks, so your preferences with speakers may vary.

The complete list of testing material is as follows:

CD Testing:

  • Pod Race Scene from The Phantom Menance
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Sound Effects from Jurassic Park
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • Apollo 13 Lift-off Sound Effects
  • Theme from Cutthroat Island
  • Fanfare for Louis, performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony

MP3 Testing:

  • Hotel California - Eagles
  • Sail on Soothsayer - Buckethead
  • Melt My Heart to Stone - Adele
  • Elements of Life - Tiesto